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Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Fiber serves an important role in digestive health, so it should come as no surprise that it also benefits your mouth – where the digestive process begins. Read on to learn how eating more fiber could keep your oral health in good standing. Fibrous Produce May Scrub Your Teeth Some fibrous fruits and vegetables help your teeth by acting as a makeshift toothbrush. Celery, carrots, and apples are fibrous and crunchy, and they scrub the surfaces of the teeth while you eat. This helps to rid them of bacteria, plaque, and food particles while stimulating saliva production. Fiber Prevents Tooth Loss Research has aimed to explain the relationship between fiber and dental health. A study concluded that when older men ate a diet rich in high-fiber foods, they benefited from a 30% lower risk of lost teeth and a 24% lower risk of bone loss due to gum recession. Fiber Protects the Gums Another study further examined the relationship between fiber and the gums. This research also focused on older men and found that those who ate high-fiber fruits had a 5% lower rate of gum recession. How to Get More Fiber The best way to get more fiber is to eat fiber-dense foods, despite what the packaging claims on fiber pills, bars, or powders might claim. Consider eating an apple rather than drinking apple juice and choose high-fiber breakfast cereal. Instead of eating white bread for your lunchtime sandwich, try whole grain bread with hummus or roasted turkey breast. Vegetables are also a good addition at any meal. Do you have questions about how your diet might be impacting your oral health? If so, please call our office to set up an appointment. We'll provide a thorough cleaning and evaluation to determine the health of your teeth and any necessary treatment plans....

Mouthguards Can Help You Sleep if You Snore or Struggle to Breathe
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
You may have thought that mouthguards were only for sports. Children and adults use mouthguards all the time when they are playing in contact sports or exercising to protect their teeth from being damaged. While mouthguards are crucial for protecting your teeth if you are playing sports, they can also help you sleep better. Not sure how that works? Keep reading. You'll see that mouthguards may be able to provide you with the help you need to obtain optimum sleep levels. How Mouthguards Help You Sleep Better Mouthguards that are used for sleeping generally cover the biting surface of your tooth. Because the mouthguard covers your teeth, it puts them in their natural position. Your jaw is then aligned with your tongue, teeth and gums. Believe it or not, if you can align your jaw properly, not only will your teeth not hurt (if you clench at night), but you will be able to breathe better. If you can breathe better, you will not snore as much either, which should make other people in your family happy as well. Adults who use mouthguards have reported that they are able to stay asleep for longer periods of time. They also report feeling more refreshed when they wake up. Their noses don't feel as stuffy, and their mouths aren't as dry. All of this benefits your oral health, because the drier your mouth is, the more bacteria can grow there. If you are having trouble sleeping, you snore, or you have noticed that your nose is stuffy in the mornings, you may need a mouth guard. Why don't you give us a call? We would love to make an appointment for you to talk about your mouthguard needs, and whether you would benefit from one. You never know, you may really benefit from having those extra minutes of sleep and peaceful breathing every night....

How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Ah, those mouth breathers. They are the bane of our existence at night, right? If you live with a mouth breather, you know what we are talking about. They breathe loudly all night long, and they snore, which might keep you awake. However, did you know that those darn mouth breathers may be causing more dental problems for themselves by sleeping with their mouths open? It's true. Keep reading to find out how mouth breathers may have more problems than just a stuffy nose. Dry Mouth Leads To Cavities If you are a mouth breather, and you sleep with your mouth open at night, chances are that you have a stuffy nose that is causing you to breathe with your mouth open. If you sleep with your mouth open all night, chances are that you are drying your mouth out every night as well. That's not a good thing. The saliva you dry out in your mouth every night is the same saliva that keeps your mouth healthy. Saliva acts as a daily rinse for your mouth. It washes away bacteria and food particles that may be in your mouth, which keeps them from sticking to your teeth. With a dry mouth, it is hard for your saliva to break down anything, which means that all of that plaque stays on your teeth overnight. With time, plaque and bacteria mean that acids from the bacteria will eat holes in your enamel. This will cause cavities. Research has shown that people with dry mouth have more cavities than people who don't have dry mouth. If you have dry mouth, we have some suggestions for you to try, and some ways to be able to sleep with your mouth closed. This would give your saliva a chance to do its job, not to mention your partner will be able to sleep more soundly. Why not give us a call today, and let us make you an appointment? We love to help mouth breathers!...
All Posts:

Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
Mouthguards Can Help You Sleep if You Snore or Struggle to Breathe
How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
When Is the Last Time You Brushed the Roof of Your Mouth?
What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
TMJ Issues Can Leave You with Ringing Ears
Times Where You Need to Consider Covering Cosmetic Dental Issues with Veneers
Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
What Options Do You Have for Tooth Whitening Procedures?
What Missing Teeth Do to Facial Aesthetics
Battle Bad Breath with Foods You Eat
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
What to Look for When Buying a New Toothbrush
What to Eat to Quickly Freshen Your Breath
The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
How to Get Past the Fear of a Root Canal
Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
Dangers of Brushing Your Teeth Too Often
Times Where Gingival Contouring Could Improve Your Oral Health

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